Details of Criterion's September schedule

We have now full specs for Criterion's September slate, which will all street on the 23rd of that month.

The Devil and Daniel Webster ($39.95)

Jabez Stone is a hard-working farmer trying to make an honest living, but a streak of bad luck tempts him to do the unthinkable: bargain with the Devil himself. For seven years of good fortune, Stone promises “Mr. Scratch” his soul when the contract ends. When the troubled farmer begins to realize the error of his choice, he enlists the aid of the one man who might save him: the legendary orator and politician Daniel Webster. Directed with stylish flair by William Dieterle, The Devil and Daniel Webster brings the classic short story by Stephen Vincent Benét to life with inspired visuals, an unforgettable Oscar®-winning score by Bernard Herrmann, and a truly diabolical performance from Walter Huston.

Special Features

  • New restored digital transfer of the full-length 106-minute version
  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder and Herrmann biographer Steven C. Smith
  • Video comparison between The Devil and Daniel Webster and William Dieterle’s “preview version” of the film, entitled Here Is a Man
  • The Columbia Workshop’s radio dramatizations of Stephen Vincent Benét’s stories The Devil and Daniel Webster and Daniel Webster and the Sea Serpent, both with music by Bernard Herrmann
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional materials
  • New essay by author Tom Piazza (Blues and Trouble: Twelve Stories)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    Fassbinder's BDR Trilogy ($79.95)

    By 1979, thirty-three year old German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder had directed already twenty-two feature films. In 1978, he embarked upon a project to trace the history of postwar Germany in a series of films told through the eyes of three remarkable women. Fassbinder’s three films The Marriage of Maria Braun, Lola, and Veronika Voss —the BRD (Bundesrepublik Deutschland) Trilogy, would garner him the international acclaim he had always yearned for and place his name foremost in the canon of New German Cinema. The Criterion Collection is proud to present these films as a group for the first time ever in home video.

    Special Features

    All three discs feature new subtitle translation and anamorphic high-definition digital transfers.

    The Marriage of Maria Braun features:
  • Audio commentary by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and renowned filmmaker Wim Wenders
  • Exclusive video interview with the star of The Marriage of Maria Braun and regular Fassbinder collaborator, Hanna Schygulla
  • Video interview with Fassbinder scholar Eric Rentschler

    Veronika Voss features:
  • Audio commentary by Fassbinder scholar Tony Rayns
  • New video conversations with Veronika Voss star Rosel Zech and editor Juliane Lorenz
  • Dance with Death (Tanz mit dem Tod), a one-hour portrait of UFA Studios star Sybille Schmitz, Fassbinder’s inspiration for the character Veronika Voss

    Lola features:
  • Audio commentary by Fassbinder documentarian, biographer, and friend Christian Braad Thomsen
  • New video interview with Lola star Barbara Sukowa and Fassbinder co-screenwriter Peter Märthesheimer

    On a fourth bonus supplemental disc:
  • I Don’t Just Want You to Love Me, a feature-length documentary of Fassbinder’s life and career
  • Life Stories: A conversation with R.W. Fassbinder, a rare 45-minute interview with the director, made for German television
  • Exclusive video interview with Fassbinder cinematographer Xaver Schwarzenberger
  • Exclusive video conversation between Fassbinder scholar Laurence Kardish and editor Juliane Lorenz

    Knife in the Water ($29.95)

    Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotions and actions are profound. When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman’s attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to a violent climax. With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression. This remarkable directorial debut won Polanski worldwide acclaim, a place on the cover of Time, and his first Oscar® nomination.

    Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Video interview with director Roman Polanski and co-screenwriter Jerzy Skolimowski
  • A collection of rare publicity and production stills
  • An English subtitle translation by Roman Polanski himself.

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